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Obama ending National Security Entry-Exit Registration Systems program

President Barack Obama’s administration said Thursday it was ending National Security Entry-Exit Registration Systems program, a dormant program that once was used to track mostly Arab and Muslim men.


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“The Department of Homeland Security is removing outdated regulations pertaining to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration Systems program, with an immediate effective date,” said Neema Hakim, a department spokesman.

The Obama administration halted use of the program in 2011.

President-elect Donald Trump has suggested instituting a program that would track Muslim immigrants to the United States.

“You’re going back to over a year ago in what he said about the (Muslim) ban versus what he said later about it, when he made it much more specific and talked about countries where we know that they’ve got a higher propensity of training and exporting terrorists,” she told CNN’s Chris Cuomo after he prodded her to share more details of Trump’s plan.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday called on Obama to dismantle the NSEERS program.

Last month, nearly 200 organizations concerned that the incoming President may revive NSEERS asked Obama to abolish the program before he leaves office.

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NSEERS, sometimes called “Special Registration,” was a program for registering and monitoring noncitizen visa holders — such as students, workers, and tourists — that President George W. Bush’s administration enacted a year after the 9/11 attacks.

The program targeted men “regardless of whether they were suspected or accused of any wrongdoing,” Schneiderman’s statement said.

By 2011, nearly a decade after the program was enacted, NSEERS had not resulted in a single terrorism conviction. The Department of Homeland Security determined in 2011 that the program was “redundant and did not provide any increase in security,” said Hakim.

Source: Obama administration ending program once used to track mostly Arab and Muslim men – ABC15 Arizona